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Missing Mom’s Pies

by Mary Irby Sweat

“The secret ingredient is always love.”

From our own Chef Deborrah Irby Traylor’s aunt: “My mom, your Grandma, Connie Irby, always made the best pies for Thanksgiving. Usually a pumpkin and a mincemeat, sometimes an apple pie. She always made the crusts from scratch – with her stone ground whole wheat flour – which she ground herself in the electric flour mill she had used for years. In the late 1980’s or early 1990’s, I don’t remember exactly which year, we went to their home for the holiday, and there on the counter was a pie. She didn’t know where it had come from. The sad thing was, her Alzheimer’s had begun and she didn’t remember that she had made it the day before. I always will remember that day – the first time I realized that her memory was really leaving her. I miss my mom! I miss her pies! She would be so proud of you and your baking!”

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